Across the Presbytery October 23, 2019


Turkey Supper, Thursday Oct 24, 2019 at Theresa Presbyterian Church, take outs begin at 4:30 pm $9.00 per dinner. Sit downs 5:00-6:30 pm, Adults $9.00; Children ages 5-10 $5.00; under 4 is free. Proceeds to benefit local outreach programs.


*Hammond Presbyterian Church Deacons will be putting on our Annual Harvest dinner on October 24, 2019. Our delicious Dinner  will include turkey, Gravy, Mashed potatoes, Scalloped corn, Cole Slaw, Beverages and Dessert. Time starts at 4:30- 6:30 pm. Adults are $10, kids are $5, and children 4 and under are FREE! If  you can’t stay for Dinner, we also will be offering Take- Outs.


As I write this, I have just made arrangements to pay yet another shut off notice.  This family is expecting a baby within the next couple of weeks. They needed $94 to prevent a heat shut off.  With this promise to pay, then MINC Emergency Fund is depleted.  If you are able, please consider a donation to the fund.  All monies are used directly to meet the needs of people. Send checks to Cynthia Coleman, Emergency Fund, 5 Grant Street, Potsdam, NY  13676.


Presbytery Offering Day

At the 252nd Stated meeting of the Presbytery, held on September 28 in Lisbon, the Presbytery acted to establish a ‘Presbytery Offering Day.’ The date chosen was the first Sunday in November. This special offering is intended to provide additional financial support for the mission and ministry of the Presbytery beyond what is received from ‘per capita.’ The reason for these additional funds is well presented in a video available on the Presbytery’s website, In essence, in order to sustain the continued part time work of our Resource Presbyter, Rev. David Bennett more income than is available from per capita and return from investments is required. The Coordinating Council has set a goal of raising $40,000 for the fiscal year 2020 (January through December 2020). Each Session has received a letter providing an opportunity to pledge an amount beyond per capita for the work of the Presbytery. This offering is intended to be a way of supporting that additional pledge. It is anticipated that the offering received will be only part of that pledge with the remainder coming from specific fund raising events the congregation sponsors (possibly in conjunction with nearby congregations) and/or being included in the church’s 2020 budget.


Mission Funding in the Presbytery

In the past several years the Presbytery has provided funding for various local missions with the funds being derived from the ‘mission pledge’ that congregations made, although the total funding in recent years far exceeded what was received with the difference coming from accumulated unspent ‘operations’ funds and return from investments. There are no more accumulated funds! In light of this the Coordinating Council has chosen to no longer provide funding for these missions (Watertown Urban Mission, Helping Hands, Church and Community and Samaritan House). The Council will continue to support the work of MINC and the Watertown Multiethnic Worshipping Community (WMEC) as part of its budget. Congregations that in the past have directly supported MINC and WMEC are encouraged to continue to do so.

 Sessions/congregations are also invited to directly support the particular local missions for which funding will no longer come from the Presbytery.


9th Annual Angel Fund Dinner at American Legion, 29 Pratt Street, Rouses Point, November 8th, 2019 from 4 PM till 8 PM. Take outs available. To Benefit Local children and the area Food Banks!!! Dinner will include Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Stuffing, Corn, Rolls, Cranberry Sauce and for dessert Apple Crisp & Ice Cream. Call or stop in to Brigette@champlain Peterbilt—298-3835, ext 110. Adults $13.00, Seniors >$11.00, children 6-12 yrs old $9.00, children 5 &under FREE.

Last year we had donations, a fund raising dinner, Chinese auction and a 50/50 Raffle. We raised over $9,000.00 . With these funds we were able to purchase Christmas Gifts for 32 local children & money helped 96 Seniors at the housings for their Christmas dinner, and the balance of money was split amongst the 6 local Food Banks to help out more families. Notice came from 1st Presbyterian church in Rouses Point.


Remitting the proceeds from Special Offerings

For many years the receipts from the ‘Special Offerings’ (OGHS, Pentecost, Peacemaking and Christmas Joy) were required to be sent to the Presbytery which in turn remitted them to the Presbytery Mission Agency. In more recent years, it has been possible to remit the funds directly as well as support other denominational mission needs congregations chose to support.

The Coordinating Council strongly recommends that church treasurers remit all special offering funds directly to PMA at this address:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

P.O. Box 643700

Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700


Also note that the whole amount received for the OGHS and Christmas Joy offerings are to be remitted. The churches are to retain 40% of the Pentecost Offering to support local youth programs. For the Peacemaking and Global Witness Offering, 50% is to be sent to PMA with the local congregation retaining 25% for local peacemaking work and 25% being sent to the Presbytery which will be shared with the Synod for Presbytery/Synod Peacemaking work.


Operation Christmas child boxes we are collecting are due Sunday November 17th, 2019 so they can be blessed and delivered.  Rita Alford is coming this weekend to share her mission stories at the First Presbyterian Church in Rouses Point, NY, if anyone would like to participate with us you are more than welcome.


Attention all CHURCHES it is time to elect and install  a Youth, to attend  General Assembly meeting as  a Youth Advisory for General Assembly.  Any youth, boy or girl, who will be able to travel  in the month of June 20-27, 2020 to Baltimore, Maryland.  Youth interested in age between 18-25  by June 20, 2020 and will be able to commit to being away from June 18-27, 2020. Please contact Piet Visscher, Stated Clerk by email